A Skegness man who carried out benefit fraud to obtain almost £8,000 over a ‘long period of time’ has been ordered to carry out unpaid work for the community.
Kenneth Howard Beaumont, 46, of North Parade, admitted five offences of dishonestly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions and East Lindsey District Council that he was working when he was claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) and housing benefit and also two offences of making a false statement, also to obtain JSA and housing benefit on various dates between May 2013 and April 2015.
The total amount involved was £7,879.
When he was interviewed he said he would not have been able to manage on just the amount he was earning through his part-time work.
Mitigating, Rachel Woodcock said Beaumont did seasonal work and was eligible for JSA at some times but not at others.
Probation officer Mark Davies said Beaumont was complying ‘very well’ with an existing suspended prison sentence order, imposed since the commission of these offences.
Ordering him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, the magistrates told him ‘this was benefit fraud carried out over a long period of time and involving a large amount of public money’.
Appearing at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday, he was also ordered to pay £145 in costs and charges.